The Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup is the perfect way for teachers and students of all ages to get their gloves dirty, their feet wet and make our aquatic ecosystems cleaner, healthier and safer for all living things. This year we welcome you to register and clean your schoolyards too!
The Beaufort Sea is home to abundant wildlife including fish like Arctic char, birds like the king eider, marine mammals like beluga and bowhead whales, and predators like the polar bear. Today, as it has for thousands of years, the Beaufort Sea supports the livelihoods and culture of the Inupiat, Inuvialuit and Gwich’in peoples.
But the future of this region is at risk, as sea ice retreats and interest in development increases.
Sea ice is the foundation for Arctic marine life, at the base of a complex ecosystem that supports a wide range of species. Light filtering through the ice creates a home for microscopic single-celled algae and zooplankton, which become food for fish like Arctic char and cod, and bowhead whales. Those fish, in turn, sustain seals – the primary prey of polar bears – and beluga whales and narwhal.